Richard Greenberg and Rebecca Gilman are two playwrights rarely invoked in the same breath. He writes bitterly sophisticated comedies, she issue-oriented social dramas. Yet both structure their work along similarly rigid intellectual lines. Grand Themes dictate their plots. In a playwriting era of low cognitive wattage, this isn't necessarily a fault. But given Greenberg's gift for ironic complication and Gilman's instinct for the way our culture insidiously corrupts us, it would be nice if both writers could finally crack through the protective shells of their hyper-rationalized styles. Though one would hate to discourage the ambitious reach of their thinking, perhaps one day they'll cut their characters a break and free them from the stranglehold of their plays'... More >>>